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This week’s podcast is the keynote address Joyce Brabner gave on July 23 at the 2012 Comics & Medicine conference in Toronto. She opens by describing her talk as, “What happens to us when we tell these stories.”
Brabner then talks about some experiences in writing reportage comics, primarily about young victims of war and other atrocities. She talks about collaboration with her husband Harvey Pekar, and she talks about her role as “character Joyce.”
During the Q&A after Joyce’s address, you will see in the AAC feed Rachel Abrams’ live drawing of Joyce’s keynote address. You can see more of Rachel’s work from the conference here and learn more about her live scribing here.
One subject Joyce doesn’t discuss in her talk that I’d like to highlight is the new statue of Harvey Pekar which will be dedicated in Cleveland October 14. You can see Joyce describe the genesis of this statue on her Kickstarter project page, you can learn what Joyce did with her wedding ring as part of the project in this You Tube video, and watch more cool behind-the-scenes stuff about the statue-in-progress in this video.
If you’d like to contribute to remaining expenses on this project, to be a part of this historic event, you can learn more directly from Joyce here.